By Amie Mignatti
The world is full of so many wonderful things and we, as individuals, are also full of so many wonderful things. Our inner world has a direct influence on our outer world: on what we like, where we go, what we wear, what we eat, the music we listen to, the people we surround ourselves with, and so much more.
When we connect with ourselves and listen deeply, we connect to an infinite world of dreams, passions, desires, wishes and ideas. Our passions and dreams may change over time, as we do, and we may discover new things (yet they were always there) and new parts of ourselves. This is the beauty of living, growing and getting older.
There are many things that excite me and make me want to jump out of bed each morning and begin the day. My bedroom window faces east and every morning when I wake up, I am able to watch the sunrise in bed. I love starting the day this way: watching the trees, the birds and most of all, the colors of the morning sky. I start each day out with an intention, stating how I want to carry myself throughout the day, what I want to accomplish and how I would like to feel.
After everyone is out of the house and since I have the morning free, I practice yoga and then meditate. These two parts of my morning routine keep me grounded, focused and open to myself and the day ahead. I find that sometimes I am able to be totally present and other times my mind is all over the place. It’s a big challenge for me to commit to this practice if I’ve got a lot going on that day, but I know it’s one of the most important things.
Yoga and meditation are passions of mine and also very crucial to my well being. Before I started a regular and committed yoga practice, I was all over the place and my back hurt constantly. Bringing something I love into my life on an almost daily basis has slowed me down, connected me more to my work and to others and has kept me more focused. It’s been the anchor that I needed in order to survive the turbulence of life. AND the cure for my back problems!
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that I have turned more towards solitude and silence rather than a life full of people and noise. I am, by nature, a very social person. I have a lot of friends, I love to travel, go to parties, have parties, etc., but something within me has switched from being always out to being more with myself and only sometimes out. I value walks in nature and quiet time under trees and in meadows much more than a late night rager. I find that being in nature has become something very necessary for me, in order to think and feel clearly, and something that fills me up so deeply so that I can stand fully in my own power. This intense contact with nature has come about in the last ten years. Before that, I liked being outdoors, but it wasn’t something that truly lit me up like it does now.
I find it so interesting how we, as humans, change. What once was my greatest joy has now been replaced by something new and equally as great. Traveling has always been a passion of mine, and my wanderlust has taken me around the world several times. Traveling is now something that is in my bones and can never leave. It’s something I’ll pass on to my daughter and something that we do together. I don’t travel as much or as freely as I used to, and I know that is for the better. Now is the time in my life for stability and groundedness, for building something from the ground up and for planting roots. However, when we travel now, it is so much more about contact with nature, about finding a beautiful place in the world and exploring that, and no longer about traveling for the parties and the people as I used to do.
Life opens us up to many possibilities and many of those will spark an interest in something that we want to dive into deeper. Having passions and really living them will make life so much sweeter: we can fully feel joy, awe, beauty and a range of other emotions and, in turn, pass those on to our friends and family, inspiring them to live a life that lights them up from the inside. If every single one of us lives life bright and alive, then the possibilities of what we can accomplish are endless!
Amie Mignatti is a free spirited woman with her feet on the earth and her heart in the stars. After traveling the world for many years, she landed in Munich where she wears many different hats: yoga teacher, nature coach, outdoor educator for children, English teacher. She also runs personal development courses for women in nature. She and her family are happiest outdoors with friends and campfires.